So, you’re thinking of selling up, maybe not just yet but at some point in the near future, but the area you live in hasn’t developed much over the years, and the value of your home hasn’t really increased. So, what can you do about this? There are a few quite simple upgrades you can make to your home, which will help to add value and get the best possible sale.
Update Your Interior and Exterior
This might seem obvious, or it might seem like a waste of time but having a fresh coat of paint on the walls, fixing anything that’s broken, replacing doors and windows can make your house seem like new. When potential buyers come round they want to see something fresh and clean, well looked after and they also need to know that they don’t have to do a tonne of work when they first move in. It’s not just the inside either, the outside of your home is the first thing that potential buyers are going to see, so paint your front door too or get a new door if you need to. Give the outside of your home and the windows a good clean and spruce it all up. The amount of money it will cost you to do these updates will be covered by the increase in what you can sell the house for.
Don’t Forget The Kitchen and Bathroom
These two rooms are often the most important for new buyers, they are the thing they care about most, and if they’re old and falling apart, then it’s likely to be the thing that puts potential buyers off. While fitting a whole new kitchen or a completely new bathroom is a massive task and can be very expensive, there are a lot of smaller ways to improve the rooms that you already have. You can start by painting units and replacing cupboard handles or doors, replace taps give the walls a fresh lick of paint, scrub the tiles and get a new shower curtain.
Open Up Your House
Making space in your house makes it extremely and increasingly attractive to buyers. Today, a lot of people are looking for an open space kitchen and dining room, one sizeable sociable area rather than two rooms. Space is useful for the whole family, so have a look and see where you can be creating more in your home. As well as making space with what you already have, you could also add more space by getting an extension on your home or adding a conservatory, a patio, converting your garage into a new room, or converting your loft or cellar. While any of these options will be costly, they will also add a lot of value to your home. You will have to start by checking if you need planning permission and then whether you know what you want or you don’t; it’s best to get the experts in to see what they can do for you. You’ll need to make sure you don’t have walls that can’t be knocked down or too much damp in the cellar to convert. It’s great to look at all your options, and a professional will be able to tell you what will be your cheapest option, what will add the most value, what will be the quickest, what can give you the most space and basically tell you what your options are. From there you can decide what’s right for you.
Get Energy Efficient
Saving energy not only increases your house price, but it also saves you money on bills. If you get Smart home technologies installed as well, then you’re already going to have a more attractive house than someone without. People are more environmentally aware now, and with the added bonus of saving money on bills, it’s a win-win. Telling potential buyers that there are fiber optic cables in your area could even be enough to encourage people to buy your house. Consulting a Solar Panel Installer can also be a wise thing to do to, and they can design the right system for your home. As well as this, you could look into other attractive features such as multi-room music platforms, voice-activated systems, and smart home security.
Lighten Up Your Home
Light can create the illusion of space, so if you can’t afford an extension or to knock down a wall then making your home lighter could be a cheaper and cheekier option for you. Dark properties often sell for less than lighter ones, so making your home lighter is a cheap and easy way to increase its value. Cleaning your windows to allow more light into the house is an excellent start to, and it will make both the inside and outside of the house look more appealing to potential buyers. Sticking with being energy efficient, make sure you install bright energy efficient lights bulbs as these can really help you to sell your house in the winter months when it’s dark outside. Another option which is often very attractive to people looking to buy a house is the installation of a skylight. Also, sliding patio doors can increase the illusion of space your home too. These installations are more expensive options but still far cheaper than actually adding an extension or knocking a wall down. More natural light and a view of the garden can be really appealing to buyers, so make sure you play to this and show them your house in its best light.